PETALING JAYA: Netizens are unhappy with Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM)’s announcement of up to 400 per cent toll hike for those using the Johor Causeway, saying that the move would burden Malaysians working in Singapore and also affect businesses in Johor.
LLM announced that the toll hike is to be imposed on all vehicles passing through the Bangunan Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex, beginning Aug 1.
Facebook user Pejo Ung said that the move was akin to cutting off one’s nose to spite his face.
“If Singaporeans stop coming, Johor's economy will be affected,” he wrote.
Another user, David Thena said, “I’m wondering are we digging our own grave...those who commute to work in Singapore suffer most.”
Keeran Kaur and Michael Tan also shared the same sentiments, saying that the move would affect businesses in Johor.
“Johor Baru businesses will suffer the most. Malaysia killing itself,” Kaur wrote.
Sri Krishna called the toll hike ‘rubbish’, lamenting the need to impose such high rate on Malaysian cars, and not just to those with Singaporean number plates.
While most were not unhappy with the increase, there were others who opined that the hike would not stop Singaporeans from coming to Malaysia.
Martin Jung said that we (Malaysia) provide facilities at a much cheaper rate compared to the neighbouring country.
“Singaporeans will continue to come. With two point five times exchange rate, things are still cheaper.
“Those Malaysians driving Singapore cars, remember you earn Sing dollars, but why stay in JB, accommodation, parking, rokok (cigarettes), food, groceries etc must be cheaper than Singapore right?” Jung said.
Another Facebook user Shakie Shawn also said that it was a good move to impose toll on Singapore cars but questioned the rationale behind imposing it on Malaysians.
“Good move to start charging toll on Singapore cars, slightly down reactions in the beginning but after awhile, I am sure no effect at all.“They are just like Malaysians in many ways and live with it. But why increase on us Malaysians? by triple? Ridiculous,” Shawn said.
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